Used 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Pricing


$5,301 - $12,598

2012 Highlights

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is an all-new subcompact, available in both sedan and four-door-hatchback configurations.


Pros

  • Excellent power and fuel economy from optional turbocharged engine
  • attractive, livable cabin
  • crisp handling
  • low price
  • top safety scores.

Cons

  • The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is an all-new subcompact, available in both sedan and four-door-hatchback configurations.

Used 2012 Chevrolet Sonic for Sale

Chevrolet Sonic 2012 41,675 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLS
List:$6,995
Est.Loan: $131/mo
Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M) Inferno Orange Metallic Jet Black/ Dark Titanium premium cloth70,156 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$9,598
Est.Loan: $179/mo
CarMax(0)
25.1 mi away
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.

Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LTZ 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Inferno Orange Metallic Jet Black/ Brick leatherette106,051 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLTZ
List:$6,490
Est.Loan: $121/mo
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Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Inferno Orange Metallic Jet Black/ Dark Titanium premium cloth92,751 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$6,995
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Black Jet Black/ Dark Titanium cloth82,055 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLS
List:$9,998
Est.Loan: $187/mo
CarMax(1)
36.1 mi away
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.

Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Black Dark Pewter/ Dark Titanium premium cloth99,745 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$6,998
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic 2LT Black Sonic 2LT, ECOTEC 1.8L I4 DOHC VVT, 6-Speed Automatic, FWD, Axle Ratio: 3.47, Bluetooth� For Phone, Connectivity Plus Cruise Package, Electronic Cruise Control w/Set & Resume Speed, Preferred Equipment Group 2LT, Remote Vehicle Starter System, Steering Wheel Controls. New Price!

Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M) Summit White Dark Pewter/ Dark Titanium premium cloth86,549 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$5,589
Est.Loan: $105/mo
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Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Summit White 69,579 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$8,989
Est.Loan: $168/mo
Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Inferno Orange Metallic 109,479 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$5,990
Est.Loan: $112/mo
Autoleader(0)
47.6 mi away
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Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Summit White Jet Black/ Dark Titanium premium cloth63,157 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$6,996
Est.Loan: $131/mo
Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Blue Topaz Metallic 23,449 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$9,500
Est.Loan: $178/mo
Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Crystal Red Tintcoat Jet Black/ Dark Titanium premium cloth6,971 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$12,598
Est.Loan: $235/mo
CarMax(1)
60.3 mi away
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Dealer Notes

CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.

Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Cyber Gray Metallic Dark Pewter/ Dark Titanium premium cloth99,810 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$5,301
Est.Loan: $99/mo
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Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LTZ 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Crystal Red Tintcoat Jet Black/ Dark Titanium leatherette43,751 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLTZ
List:$11,998
Est.Loan: $224/mo
CarMax(0)
87.2 mi away
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Dealer Notes

CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in PA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $118 Document Preparation Charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.

Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Silver Ice Metallic Jet Black/ Dark Titanium premium cloth86,824 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$10,578
Est.Loan: $198/mo
Wissler Motors(0)
90.5 mi away
Chevrolet Sonic 2012 LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Inferno Orange Metallic 46,476 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet SonicLT
List:$8,695
Est.Loan: $163/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

With a winning blend of power, comfort and fuel efficiency, the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is one of the segment's top picks.

vehicle overview

For a long time, domestic cars were laggards in the small-car segment, but these days, the picture is much different; homegrown models are at the forefront both in sales and overall quality. The latest example of worthy local talent is the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, a subcompact that replaces the Aveo in Chevy's lineup.

The name change was certainly in order, since relative to the Aveo, the Sonic represents a quantum leap forward. Offered as both a sedan and a four-door hatchback, this Chevy features an attractive cabin that's one of the most livable in the subcompact segment. Compared to its rivals, the Sonic provides generous in-cabin storage; every square inch of space is cleverly utilized, as is evidenced by that nifty, unusually placed pair of bins located high on the center stack. There's ample head- and shoulder room for front passengers, and the spacious second row keeps 6-footers comfortable -- as long as there isn't another 6-footer in the front seat.

Things get even more appealing when you peek under the hood. A 1.8-liter inline-4 produces a healthy 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, while the even more desirable turbocharged 1.4-liter matches this horsepower and increases torque to a remarkably robust 148 lb-ft. The Sonic handles with engaging responsiveness and fuel economy is competitive, with the turbocharged engine getting an estimated 40 mpg on the highway. Perhaps most importantly for those who are downsizing from something larger, the Sonic feels as if it's much bigger and more substantial from behind the wheel.

The subcompact class isn't exactly hard up for talent, and you'd be wise to take a close look at some of the Sonic's rivals. The redesigned Hyundai Accent boasts refinement and superb mileage, while the Ford Fiesta brings a composed ride and sporty handling. There's also the capable Honda Fit, which earns a recommendation on the strength of its highly versatile interior. Still, the Sonic's blend of power, comfort, safety and fuel efficiency is compelling enough to make this Chevy a top contender in a very tough segment.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact that's available as a sedan and a four-door hatchback. Both body styles come in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ.

The LS includes 15-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a four-way (manual) adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split rear seat, a trip computer, OnStar and a four-speaker AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. A six-speaker sound system with a CD/MP3 player and satellite radio is available as an option.

LT models add the LS trim's optional six-speaker setup, along with heated side mirrors, full power accessories and upgraded cloth upholstery. Additionally, this trim is eligible for a Connectivity Plus Cruise package that includes cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an iPod/USB audio interface and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. LT models equipped with an automatic transmission get a remote vehicle starter system with this package. The LT trim is also eligible for a Wheels and Foglamp package that includes 16-inch wheels and foglamps.

With the top-of-the-line LTZ trim, you get the LT's standard features and the amenities in the Connectivity Plus Cruise package, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated front seats, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A sunroof is available as an option.

performance & mpg

The standard engine on the 2012 Sonic is a 1.8-liter inline-4 that makes 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. LT and LTZ models are available with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 that generates 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the 1.8 liter, while the Turbo gets a six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic is optional on both.

In Edmunds testing, a manual-equipped Sonic LTZ sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, a quick time for this class.

EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for the 1.8-liter engine with the manual transmission, and 25/35/28 with the automatic. Despite its extra power, the Turbo is actually estimated to be more efficient, with 29/40/33 for the manual and 27/37/31 for the automatic.

safety

All 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models come standard with stability control, antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and side-impact airbags for all outboard passengers (front and rear).

In government crash testing, the Sonic received a perfect five stars for overall protection, overall frontal protection and overall side protection. This is the strongest performance currently in the class. The Sonic was rated a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, receiving a top score of "Good" in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Sonic LTZ stopped from 60 mph in 123 feet, an average distance for this class of car.

driving

With the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, you get engaging handling that doesn't come at the expense of a comfortable ride. Ride quality is firm enough to paint a realistic picture of the road, while at the same time being accommodating enough to buffer undue harshness. The cabin is relatively quiet both on surface streets and on the freeway, while the steering is one of its high points -- light in parking lots but well-weighted and natural-feeling at speed. In total, the Sonic drives like a bigger, more composed car than you would expect.

Both of the Sonic's engines offer good performance for this segment. The turbocharged 1.4 is especially torquey and peppy, offering 0-60-mph acceleration that's nearly a second quicker than many of its rivals. The fact that it returns better fuel economy than the regular engine means you should definitely consider doling out the extra cash for this impressive little engine.

interior

The Sonic's industrial-theme cabin is handsome to look at, with a thoroughly modern feel. Materials quality is respectable, though there are some cheap-looking plastics in evidence. Controls are logically clustered and clearly labeled, making it easy to find one's way around the center stack. Factory-installed navigation isn't offered, but given the wide range of inexpensive portable and handheld nav systems on the market, we don't see this omission being a problem for most shoppers.

The front row offers good shoulder and headroom, and rear passengers benefit from legroom that's among the best in the segment. Luggage capacity on the Sonic hatch is midpack, at 19 cubic feet; maximum cargo capacity is 30.9 cubic feet, well behind that of rivals like the Fit and the Accent. The sedan's trunk accommodates 14 cubic feet of luggage, making it among the roomiest in this segment.

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Features & Specs

LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)LTZ 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)LTZ 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
MPG282929282829
Seating555555
Transmission6-speed automatic5-speed manual5-speed manual6-speed automatic6-speed automatic5-speed manual
Fuelgasgasgasgasgasgas
Horsepower138 hp @ 6300 rpm138 hp @ 6300 rpm138 hp @ 6300 rpm138 hp @ 6300 rpm138 hp @ 6300 rpm138 hp @ 6300 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    Overall5/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    Overall5/5
  • Side Barrier Rating

    Overall5/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front Seat5/5
    Back Seat5/5
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover12.6%

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    G
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    G
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    G
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

Top Consumer Reviews

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I own TWO 2012 Sonics... Read this Review!
I'm not sure what some people do with their cars. We have TWO 2012 Sonic LT Auto's, both with the 1.8L engine. One is a Sedan and the other is a Hatch. I like the sedan a bit better because is is actually longer, giving more cargo space in most cases. Plus, due to aerodynamics, the sedan gets better MPG, especially on the highway, where we routinely get 37 MPG out of that car. But, I also like the hatch, because it has the bigger wheels and fog lights. If it only got the same MPG... There have been a few recall issues, but not many. I do my own oil/filter changes and full synthetic is the way to go. The only odd thing on the sedan was the air intake hose between the air box and manifold cracked on the sedan and that tripped the engine light. It was a $35 part, so I just replaced it in the garage. UPDATE: GM extended the warranty on this part and reimbursed my repair cost. UPDATE: Both cars have had the air intake break and both were fixed by GM. Also, we are starting to get some thermostat codes popping on the one with 75k miles on it. It's either a dirty connector, or a failed sensor (less than $50) as they all seem to do this. On the hatch, I took a pot-holed exit ramp too fast and broke a ball joint, so that was $150 with labor and alignment. Other than that, we have about 100K miles combined and ONE unexpected repair. BTW tie rods and ball joints on smaller cars are almost routine maintenance when driving on Michigan roads. Overall pretty good repair record, in my opinion. These are good cars for the money. The insurance is reasonable (we are over 50) they ride pretty well for being so small, especially compared to the imports. We live in Michigan and have full sets of snow tires for these cars, since the factory tires are useless in the snow. But, with the right tires, they are good in winter. I routinely drive though 6-8 inches of snow and isolated patches up to a foot and have never been stranded. The sedan was rear-ended early on, and the fix was done well at the dealership. We take care of our cars and these have been particularly trouble-free. But, a lot of younger people buy these cars and maybe they don't take care of them. Also, a lot of used Sonics are coming on the market now from rental fleets, so they might not have been cared for that well either. The flood of rental returns is also lowering the resale right now. All things considered, I'd buy another one tomorrow, probably a turbo LT sedan. UPDATE: I did buy a 2013 LT Turbo Sedan, slightly used a few months ago, so now I have THREE Sonics. They are pretty good cars, my only recent gripe being a few rattles have developed, but they are cheap and easy to fix. The dealer put a replacement set of plastic stabilizer bar links on the 2013 with only 5k miles and there was a TSB put out for a bad seal between the engine and transmission on the car with the turbo engine. That leak was fixed at no cost to me.
Critics Overlook this Valuable Car
This was my first new car purchase after college. I've grown up driving Hyundai, Mercury, Ford, etc, but never a Chevrolet. The dealer and service support is fantastic, and this car is worth every penny. After 50k miles, I've only needed one minor repair on the fuel valve, and the warranty covered everything. This car has some road noise, but that's what happens when you're in a small, fast car low to the ground on the highway. Yes, gas and brakes are sensitive in the best way possible - I've lived in Dallas for four years and have never gotten in an accident, thanks to the amazing brake response. Acceleration is super easy - I've caught myself speeding a few times without meaning to. The car handles well and the alignment is still perfect four years after purchasing. The A/C is super efficient and the sound system is decent enough. There is major storage space. The only drawback is that the car IS little, so not perfect for roadtrips of 4 or more people, considering rear seat space. The size of the car makes up for it since there's no parking space too small for this car, but it totally doesn't feel like a small car from the driver or front passenger seat. Perfect for families of three or less. My average MPG in the DFW area is around 32, but gets up to 45 on long road trips. Definitely would buy again.
Amazing performance for a small car!
My husband actually brought this car to my attention after my current vehicle had to put in the shop with no hope of repair. After going back and forth, I finally decided to give it a chance and test drove the vehicle for 2 days. I was amazed! I have one child and there was plenty of room for him in the back and they really made every little bit of space count in this car!! Needless to say I was sold and we ended up buying it on the day I was to return it!!
More About This Model

With its devilish smirk and in-your-face Burnt Orange paint job, this 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ looks like a car intent on stirring things up. It's fitting, since General Motors hopes the all-new Sonic (which replaces the forgettable Aveo in Chevy's lineup) will rock 'em and sock 'em in a way that revises the pecking order within the subcompact segment.

Chevy has done this kind of thing before; its compact Cruze came out of nowhere to become a worldwide sales darling. What's clear is that the Sonic is armed for battle. Our test car's turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 kicks up class-leading horsepower and torque, and it does so while managing an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway. Handling is relatively keen and responsive, and the car's comfortable cabin — with a stylish industrial motif and ample storage opportunities — is both easy to look at and easy to live with.

The ruling class in the subcompact segment most certainly includes the refined Hyundai Accent, the versatile Honda Fit and the tech-laden Ford Fiesta. Add the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic to that list; it hits the mark for shoppers who value strong fuel economy, brisk acceleration and an accommodating cabin.

Used 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Overview

The Used 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), LS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A), LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), LS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M), LTZ 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A), LTZ 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A), LTZ 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), LTZ 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M), LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M), and LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Chevrolet Sonic?

Save up to $192 on one of 26 Used 2012 Chevrolet Sonic for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $5,301 as of 06/23/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from 1 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Chevrolet Sonic trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT is priced between $5,301 and $12,598 with odometer readings between 6971 and 109479 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ is priced between $5,977 and $11,998 with odometer readings between 43751 and 114735 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS is priced between $6,495 and $9,998 with odometer readings between 41675 and 100557 miles.

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